THE CLIMATE RESILIENT GRID: A FORUM ON ENERGY, CLIMATE AND THE GRID, June 14-15, 2017. Sponsored by NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI),convened by the American Meteorological Society Committee on Climate Services, and supported by NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites, The Collider and CASE Consultants International. The forum brings together thought leaders from industry, government, and academia to demonstrate the value of environmental intelligence and climate data for bringing renewables into homes and businesses around the country. The U.S. Energy Information Administration forecasts that non-hydro renewables will rise from 2% to a total of 10% of electricity generated in 2018. Wind, solar and hydro are not only essential for meeting energy demand, they're cost-competitive with conventional generation, per Lazard's Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis.Together participants explore how climate science and data can inform energy challenges related to integrating renewables into the grid. Raising the level of renewables requires efficient transmission lines and new systems of microgrids, which in turn requires climate data, analytics and environmental intelligence.

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Keynote speaker:  Alexander MacDonald, Spire Global Inc.; Former Deputy Assistant Administrator, NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research & Director NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, an “Interstate Highway” for US Wind, Solar, Hydro, & Nuclear Power.Build a Sustainable, Secure and Affordable Electric System NOW!
* Dr. Michael Brewer, NOAA NCEI, Customer Engagement Section Chief
* Dr. Otis Brown, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State University
* Dr. Judsen Bruzgul, Manager, ICF International Climate Resilience: Examples from Working with DOE and Utilities
* Dr. Delavane Diaz, Sr. Technical Leader, Energy & Environmental Analysis, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
* Dr. Pearl Donohoo-Vallett, The Brattle Group  Utility Impacts from a Changing Climate
* Daniel Kassis, Vice President, SCAN A The Climate Resilient Grid: A Utility Perspective
* John Gajda, Manager, Operations Support, Distributed Energy Technologies Department, Duke Energy Duke Energy's Distributed Future
* Dr. Michael Legatt, CEO and Founder, The Resilient Grid,  Moving Towards a More Reliable, Robust, and Resilient Clean Energy Grid
*Dr. Jessica Matthews, NOAA CICS-NC / NC State UniversityNext-Generation Environmental Intelligence for the Solar Industry
* Michael McPeck, Lead Engineer, National Grid, and the Liaison to the Department of Energy Partnership for Energy Sector Climate ResilienceNational Grid Climate Resiliency Initiatives: Insights from Utilities Engaged in Climate Resilience
* Dr. Ria Persad, CEO, StatWeather  Managing Weather and Climate Risk for Grid Resilience and Reliability
* Dr. Anthony Smith, PhD, President and CEO Secure Futures, LLC, Confronting the Reality: A Virginia Case Study
* Gregory Stunder, J.D., Vice President Regulatory and Legislative Affairs, Philadelphia Gas Works, What's Normal Anyway?

* Thomas Flaherty, MES International Why is the World Moving to Distributed Generation (DG)?
* Dr. Russ Vose, NOAA NCEI, Climate Science Branch Chief What is Normal, Anyway?
* Mary Wohlgemuth, Director and Dr. Margarita Gregg, Deputy Director, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information The Value of NCEI Environmental Data


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Resilient Places: Planning for Our Future

Resilient Places: Planning for Our Future

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Game-Changing Resilient Infrastructure June 22, 2017. - CASE Consultants International, NOAA’s Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites (aka North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies (NCICS)), and the American Planning Association (APA) present a continuing education symposium featuring top experts in the field of resilient infrastructure that changes the character of communities. Case studies presented illustrate the importance of these projects to both climate mitigation and adaptation and to the economic future and self-image of communities. These include: North Carolina’s first “green street,” the High Line project in New York City, and several green infrastructure projects in the host city of Asheville, North Carolina. How to get these projects designed, funded and implemented are focal points of the agenda.

Highlighted Presentations

  • Scott Shuford, AICP, CASE Consultants International Continuing Education Program Manager and co-author of the American Planning Association’s Climate Change Policy Guide, presents Climate and the Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Tim Owen, Chief, Information Services, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information, a climatologist and trained planner, describes the coming climate and its implications for national infrastructure.
  • Giselle Rodriguez, City Engineer, Fayetteville, North Carolina, discusses the challenges and opportunities of developing green infrastructure through her experiences in implementing one of North Carolina’s first “green streets” in her talk NC’s Third Green Street: New Techniques, New Challenges, New Opportunities.
  • Cathy Ball, Deputy City Manager, Asheville, North Carolina, introduces attendees to the Asheville green infrastructure program, a major implementer of green infrastructure which now shapes the character of the City.
  • Emma Bloomfield, Director of the High Line Network, presents Keynote: The High Line and the Infrastructure Reuse Movement. She describes how the High Line project was conceived, implemented, and how Friends of the Highline is sharing lessons with an emerging group of infrastructure reuse projects around the country.
  • Dena Chandler, Environmental Designer with the design firm Equinox and a team member from New Belgium Brewery’s Office of Sustainability, presents New Belgium Brewery: A Corporate Argument for Green Infrastructure. New Belgium’s commitment to sustainability led to an embrace of green infrastructure in the site design of their new Asheville facility. Dena describes the project’s infrastructure from conception to implementation and discuss how it reflects NBB’s corporate mission.

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Climate Wise Brownfields

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Mainstreaming Climate Science into Professional Practice - Science to Solutions

Our society depends on science to provide the sound foundations for the many decisions we make every day.  On this page we highlight some of the valuable contributions climate science brings to our lives, business and communities.

CASE Consultants International depends on authentic data provided principally through NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. CASE provides climate education to professionals that seek means to incorporate the latest climate science into their work in professional planning, architecture, landscaping, civil engineering, transportation, infrastructure design and much, much more.

CASE is proud to be a certified provider of continuing professional education with the American Planning Association. We bring together top notch practitioners in climate-sensitive sectors and world-class climate scientists, fulfilling our goal of mainstreaming climate science into professional practice.

Climate Wise Brownfields

"Resilient Places:  Planning for Our Future", February 24-25, 2017. An educational symposium for regional, town and county planners in collaboration with the American Planning Association and The Collider:  Program Chair Mr. Scott Shuford, AICP.

Featured speaker - Phillip Horne, Assistant Vice President at The George Washington University - Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Horne has a distinguished career in higher education, government and public relations, media and entrepreneurship. He is formerly the President and CEO of the Foundation of Renewal for Eastern North Carolina, an affiliate of the Kenan Institute for Private Enterprise.  “Financing Green Infrastructure,” Altura’s unique and far-reaching funding opportunities for nonprofit organizations, including capital projects such as construction and renovation as well as green tech projects - See Press Release.

Future Shock: Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast

CASE Consultants International, a certified education provider with the American Planning Association (APA), presents “Climate Wise Brownfields”, a continuing education symposium June 13, 2017, in collaboration with the Cooperative Institute of Climate and Satellites - North Carolina (CICS-NC), the NC State University research institute co-located with NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information. The workshop features top experts in the field of brownfields and allows professionals to earn up to six continuing education credits. Topics include city planning, brownfields financing, and climate mitigation and adaptation via brownfields reuse:

  • Anne E. Keller, Ph.D., CASE Consultants International, previously with U.S. EPA, presents Climate Smart Brownfields, the seminal EPA manual Climate Smart Brownfields published early 2017, “an excellent resource for communities . . . it provides guidance on best practices for climate change mitigation, adaption, and resilience at all stages of brownfields work, from planning to redevelopment”.
  • Camilla Warren, EPA Atlanta Regional Office presentsBrownfields and Greenspace,  As a brownfields project manager for nearly 15 years, Ms. Warren supported grantees throughout the Southeast. She presents several key projects along the Selma-Montgomery Voting Rights Trail, a brownfields-to-storm-water project in Montgomery, and a stream and community restoration project in Atlanta.
  • Derek Arndt, Chief of the Climate Monitoring Branch, NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) presents NOAA Climate Resources for Brownfields. The Branch is responsible for analysis and reporting of the status of the Earth’s climate system, from large global phenomena like global temperature warming, to regional occurrences like drought and weather extremes. Mr. Arndt was one of the lead editors for 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 editions of The State of the Climate, an annual supplement to the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, featuring input and analysis from 400+ authors in nearly 50 countries.
  • Lee Harrop, Program Director of the Atlanta Beltline, describes Climate Benefits of the Atlanta Beltline, a $4.8B sustainable redevelopment project that will ultimately connect 45 neighborhoods via a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, modern streetcar, and parks – all based on railroad corridors that formerly encircled Atlanta
  • Wayne Leftwich, former Community Planner for Greenville, SC, now Senior Planner for Roanoke, VA, remarks about Brownfields Financing Approaches, work on a transportation, housing and community revitalization project based on a HUD and DOT TIGER grant in Greenville, and his current projects going on in Roanoke including financing, liability and overcoming related hurdles in brownfields projects

"Climate Resilient Design in the Southeast", November 6, 2015.  An educational symposium in collaboration with the American Institute for Architects and the Collider: Read the Symposium Summary     See news Future Shock: Climate Resilient Architecture The Mountain Xpress

  • “Designing for a New Energy & Climate Future” Marjorie McGuirk
  • Keynote: “Attribution of Extreme Events” Dr. Thomas Carl Peterson, an internationally recognized climate scientist, has spoken extensively on the science of climate change and how it affects every day endeavors. He was elected as President of the Commission for Climatology by member nations of the World Meteorological Organization, and retired as Chief Scientist with NOAA NCEI.  In 2004, Essential Science Indicators ranked him as one of the top 1% of scientists in the field of Geosciences.. He was a lead author on the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report published in 2007
  • “Mitigating Climate Change through Architectural Design” Robin Cape
  •  “Practice to Provide, Design to Inspire,” with examples of climate adaptation in design (Laurie Miller AIA, LEED AP and David Tuck ASLA)
  • “Adapting to Climate Change through Architectural Design” Scott Shuford AICP, author of Planning for A New Energy and Climate Future 
  • “Conceptual Redesign to Address Climate Change," including current mitigation and adaptation” (Nathan Bryant, AIA Samsel Architects)
  • “Climate Resilience in the Southeast” Dr. Kenneth E. Kunkel, Climate Scientist who leads Assessments with the NOAA Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites at the NOAA NCEI is also a Research Professor in the Department of Marine, Earth, and Atmospheric Sciences of North Carolina State University.
  • “Climate Services, Tools & Resources” Glenn Kerr, Executive Director of the American Association of State Climatologists, a professional organization committed to advancing the development and delivery of science-based climate services at the local and state level.

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